Audit reveals childcare hygiene, safety flaws in centres
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - March 16, 2011

ALMOST one-third of the 1102 childcare centres audited last year failed to implement proper food, safety and hygiene practices. The National Childcare Accreditation Council report for July to December last year found 29 per cent of childcare...

One in five Queensland child care centres fail to meet standards, says report
Courier Mail - Anna Caldwell - March 16, 2011

QUEENSLAND'S childcare centres are failing the most basic hygiene procedures, leaving children at risk from dangerous products and failing to make sure they get enough sleep, a damning new report shows. The National Childcare Accreditation Council...

Childcare failing on hygiene, safety
Herald Sun - March 15, 2011

HUNDREDS of childcare services are failing to meet basic hygiene, safety and education standards, the latest snapshot of the sector shows. The group overseeing childcare accreditation in Australia has released statistics on the number of services that...

Nordic nations show the way to lift children out of poverty
The Age - Andrew Scott - March 15, 2011

The Nordic countries' successes for children result from their strong investment in public childcare, provision of substantial paid parental leave and effective regulation of working hours. These policies promote secure and appropriate jobs in terms of work/family balance...

Family ties cost mums dearly on wages
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty and Tom McIlroy - March 15, 2011

The economic snapshot, commissioned by the Commonwealth Bank, found: ELEVEN per cent of working families pay more for childcare than they earn in the same period. ANOTHER 13 per cent break even...

Wages only just cover fees for care
Herald Sun - Tom McIlroy - March 15, 2011

THE rising cost of childcare is a double-edged sword for Jadranka Skrivanek. Mrs Skrivanek, 38, says her career in customer service comes second to raising her children, and the money she does make from part-time work is used mostly for childcare...

Greens target tots, teeth and solar power
Sydney Morning Herald - Josephine Tovey - March 14, 2011

The party also pledged to provide two years' free preschool education for every child, a program targeting 10,000 children in its first stage at a cost of $128 million, and to boost dental care funding by $102.5 million...

Childcare reforms will cost us more
The Daily Telegraph - March 13, 2011

The answer, according to the government, is more staff and demands more university educated workers are employed by childcare centres. That may improve care, but it will also drive up the cost, which in many capital cities is already over $100 a day...

New My School-style website to name and shame poorly-performing childcare centres
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - March 13, 2011

CHILDCARE centres that fail to meet basic hygiene and safety standards will be named and shamed on a My School- style government website from next year. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal a new rating system will allow parents to compare...

Wake-up call for childcare centres
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - March 12, 2011

Childcare centres not meeting required standards will be named on a website from next year. PARENTS are leaving hundreds of children in childcare services that do not meet quality standards...

Push to put lone parents in jobs
The West Australian - Andrew Tillett - March 9, 2011

Families Minister Jenny Macklin has also been urged in secret advice by her department to consider increasing childcare assistance at the expense of family payments to stay-at-home mums in a bid to get more mothers into the workforce...

Childhood boost for indigenous families
Adelaide Now - Lucy Hood - March 9, 2011

NEW early-childhood centres will be opened in Whyalla, Ceduna and Christies Beach to improve the quality of life for indigenous families. School Education Minister Peter Garrett yesterday announced the locations of three Aboriginal Children and...

Black in the dark on ABC's accounts
The Age - Colin Kruger and Leonie Lamont - March 8, 2011

A PUBLIC examination into ABC Learning's collapse heard yesterday how its most senior financial executive had no access to the financial accounts of its operations. James Black, ABC's chief financial officer until April 2008, told the Federal Court he had...

81-year-old drives into childcare centre
The Age - Maris Beck - March 3, 2011

FOUR toddlers have been taken to hospital after a man drove into a cubbyhouse at a childcare centre in the Latrobe Valley. The man crashed into the playground of Early Learning Centre in Albert Street, Moe, yesterday afternoon, as children were playing...

Funding grants open for regional Aussies
Sydney Morning Herald - March 3, 2011

Residents in regional Australia can now apply for a share in $1 billion to build essential structures like bridges and childcare centres in their area. Applications to access the Regional Development Australia Fund open on Thursday, with project...